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  • Recycling is three times cheaper than disposal of the same amount of general waste.

    Each time you recycle, you generate savings that help to maintain services that matters to you e.g. education, adult care or green spaces.

    For more guidance visit: /re3recycling @re3recycling /re3recycling

    When you recycle, you are helping to protect the environment and turning your waste into a resource!

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    All plastics that you put in your mixed recycling bin or box is delivered to the re3 Material Recycling Facility in Reading. There, your plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays are sorted into 4 grades then baled. These go to a plastic recycling reprocessor for further sorting, shredding and cleaning. Later on sorted items are turned into plastic pellets and flakes ready to be manufactured into new products. Currently our plastic materials are recycled in the UK.

    What happens to plastic collected in Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs?

    Most of your general waste is delivered to the Energy Recovery facility where is turned into electricity.

    What happens to the other plastic I put in my general waste bin?

    Recycling doesn’t have to be completly clean, but needs to be free from food and liquid so it won’t contaminate other items especially paper and card. We recommend giving it a rinse, especially food trays or yoghurt pots and letting it dry before popping into your recycling. This will help your bin to stay clean and make the process more effective.

    Do I have to wash plastics before putting them into my recycling?

    Some manufactures label plastic packaging with numbers such as: PET, HDPE or 1-7. Across re3, we generally recycle type 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE) and 5 (PP) (if they are bottle and trays, pots, tubs - shaped) however this can vary so please follow guidance or use re3cyclopedia app.

    What do numbers mean on plastic packaging?

    Yes, currently you can leave the tops on. Please empty, squash and if possible safely puncture your plastic bottles to let the air out before putting the top back on. This way you can save space in your recycling bin/box and improve the transport efficiency. You can also leave lids on plastic tubs. We cannot recycle spray parts or soap dispenser pumps - if removable, please discard these.

    Can I leave bottle tops on plastic bottles?




    Not sure?

    Drink bottles Milk bottles Cooking oil bottles Skincare and soap

    bottles Bleach bottles Washing up and

    cleaning bottles

    Fruit, meat and vegetable trays (not black) Margarine tubs Yoghurt pots Soup pots Ice-cream tubs Sweet tubs

    Cartons (tetrapaks) such as milk, juice or soup

    Black plastic (ie.takeaway trays) Crisp packets and sweet wrappers Bread bags Toilet and kitchen roll wrappers Carrier bags Food pouches Coffee cups

    Fresh and frozen fruit and veg bags Bubble wrap and cling film Trigger tops and soap dispenser tops Film lids from fruit and veg trays Polystyrene packaging (inc. takeaways and cups) Plant or paint pots

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    What else you can recycle:



    Wash and squash your plastic items. Remove all food, liquids and plastic film (tops and labels can stay on).

    Make it easy to recycle by having a designated space for recycling.


    2. Top tip Dual bins are a great

    space saver. If you unable to get one you can use old

    basket, tray or bag and hang it on the


    Top tip A quick rinse in dish

    water is all that is needed. Let it dry to not wet your paper

    and cardboard.

    Top tip Many plastic items can be recycled at the supermarkets or via TerraCycle!

    WHAT PLASTIC CANNOT BE RECYCLED AT HOME? Whilst plastic is a useful material, there are many ways to

    reduce its use in your everyday routine. Simple swaps such as: carrying a reusable bottle or shopping bag can help you greatly reduce your plastic waste. Also consider swaps into: reusable wipes, silicon or beeswax food wrap, bamboo toothbrushes and use metal cultery or straws instead of disposables ones.